Kids Summer Nature Day Camps: Outdoor Education at Lake Sammamish

Join us for eight amazing weeks of survival, wildlife, herbal, pioneer, and ancient scout camps at the privately rented, eighty-acre Hans Jensen Group Camp, off East Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah.

Choose from our many day camp themes located at our privately-rented wilderness park across the street from the East Lake Sammamish boat launch in Issaquah. Day Camps run Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30 with complimentary extended care 8:00-5:00 except no aftercare on Friday afternoon.

Camp is designed for ages 6-11 (flexible) with campers grouped with others closest to their age within our hallmark 6-1 average student-teacher ratio that’s so critical for safe and profound outdoor experiences.

Camp includes optional wading/swimming and games/archery during lunchtime depending on park rules, camper safety tests, weather and other conditions. Or choose overnight camp options around the northwest, or day camps in Puyallup.

2019 Lake Sammamish Day Camp Schedule:

June 22-26, 2020 School’s Out FLOW Camp is a new theme for ages 6-12 with no prerequisite to kick off the summer. FLOW is WOLF spelled backwards. We were voted Best Wild Nature Day Camp in the 2019 Golden Teddy Awards by parentmap.com surveying the Puget Sound Region!

July 29 – July 3, 2020 Wilderness Survival Camp for ages 6-12 with no prerequisite, or choose the Wilderness Family Camp to attend with your child. We were also voted Best Family Camp in the ParentMap 2019 Golden Teddy Awards!

July 6 -10, 2020 Advanced Nature Camps with prerequisite of any one of our camps in the past. Returning campers can choose Wild Cooking & Herbology, or Wildlife Search & Rescue.

July 27-31, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish for ages 6-12 with no prerequisites, including themes of Wildlife Search & Rescue celebrating it 24th year, Wilderness Survival Craft celebrating its 23rd year, and Wild Cooking & Herbology celebrating its 22nd year!

August 3-7, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wildlife Search & Rescue and Wilderness Survival Craft for ages 6-11 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Herbal Medicine for ages 8-12 who have graduated from two camps with us, at least one being Wild Cooking & Herbology.

August 10-14, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wilderness Survival Craft and Wild Cooking & Herbology for ages 6-11 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Animal Tracking for ages 8-12 who have graduated from two camps with us, at least one being Wildlife Search & Rescue.

August 17-21, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wilderness Survival Craft and Wild Cooking & Herbology for ages 6-11 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Arts of the Scout for ages 8-12 who have graduated from at least three camps with us.

August 24-28, 2020 Three Themes at Lake Sammamish including themes of Wildlife Search & Rescue and Blue Skye Pioneer Camp for ages 6-11 with no prerequisite, and Advanced Pioneer Artisans for ages 8-12 who have graduated from at least three camps with us.

Camp Leaders

Camp Director Braden Ploger and Assistant Director Leila Smith are on site all week directing professionally-trained staff instructors at our hallmark 6-1 average student-teacher ratio that’s critical for safe, profound and fun outdoor experiences. Read our FAQ’s for more details and check out camp testimonials dating all the way back to 1997!

Direct Pickup/Dropoff Times & Directions: (scroll down for extended care options)

Instruction runs Mon-Fri 9:30-3:30 with complimentary extended care drop-off no earlier than 8:00 and pick-up no later than 5:00 except no aftercare on Friday afternoon. Located at the Lake Sammamish Hans Jensen Group Camp, 4460 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Issaquah WA 98029, with normal arrival between 9:15-9:30 and normal pick up between 3:30-3:45. Look for the hard-to-spot gravel driveway across the street from the boat launch, not the main state park entrance. The facility is managed by the state park but not open to the public, located ACROSS FROM, NOT AT the East Lake Sammamish Boat Launch.

There is no aftercare on Friday. Instead, parents are invited to join us for closing ceremonies from 2:00-3:30 on Fridays.  The schedule includes classic songs and stories from 2:00-2:15, special workshops for parents from 2:15-3:00, and camp graduation awards from 3:00-3:30. Please join us for closing ceremonies to help campers integrate the skills they learned back into their life!

Tuition

Summer Day Camp weeks at Lake Sammamish are $395 including complimentary extended care. Cumulative discounts include $5 per additional week you attend this summer, $5 off per additional family member attending this summer, and $5 off for successfully referring other families who register campers this summer.

To reserve your spot for weeks still available, make a $100 deposit per camper/week and your balance will be due upon arrival. The only additional expenses you may incur for camp are that you will need to pack a lunch and snacks every day, add extended care if desired, and of course all campers need health insurance. Tuition includes choice of Wolf Camp Book or Organic T-Shirt at your first camp with us, and Washington Firesteel or Orienteering Compass at subsequent camps.

Scholarships are available if you apply for financial aid before spaces fill, usually by late spring.

Registration Opens January 1, 2020

Credit/Debit Card Registration Option: Just call us at 425-248-0253 and we will take your registration securely over the phone.

Check/Mail/Email Registration Option: Print out and complete our Microsoft Word or PDF Registration Form for each new participant (not needed for returning campers) and send with a check deposit payable to Wolf Camp, 1026 14th St. SW, Puyallup WA 98371. New campers can also email us a completed registration form and pay using your preferred method.

Or Use PayPal to register online securely with a credit/debit card or via direct withdrawal from your bank account. Use the link below (might not be visible if you are using “reader view” on your phone or other device) or sign into paypal.com and “send money” to our email address.

Or email us to be put on our our list for this program in the future. We always keep your information absolutely private, and will never share it. You can also like our facebook page to keep in better touch, and once you’ve attended a program, please review us on our Better Business BureauYelpGoogle pages.

Refund Policy: Standard deposits ($100 for day programs, $200 for overnight programs) are not refundable unless we don’t accept your application. If you cancel in advance of the program start time for any reason, you may receive a full credit good through the following calendar year on appropriate and available programs listed on our schedule, although an additional deposit may be required to secure your spot in the future program. If a program you sign up for is canceled and not rescheduled at a time you can attend, you may receive a full refund except in case of natural (weather, geologic, etc) disasters, government shutdowns, conflicts or curfews, or other unforeseen emergencies making it impossible for staff and/or attendees to reach or use program locations, in which case all payments made will be held by us without expiration date for your future use in appropriate/available programs of your choice. No refund, nor credit, is given if a participant is asked to leave a program for inappropriateness as determined by our kids, youth and adult agreements for participation.

Day Camp Preparation: Agreements, Packing List and FAQ’s

Day Camp Packing List

Day Camp Agreements for Participation

Other FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

Most Asked Question: Lunchtime Activities – Bring your own lunch from home, and then enjoy our After Lunch Activities (ALA) include choices of Archery, Berry Picking, Reading & Naps, Sprinkler Games & Creek Wading.

2 Comments

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    Hello
    My name is Woon seon Shin and I live in South Korea now.
    I am going to spend my vacation in Seattle with my two sons.
    Can my sons join your summer programs in Aug.6 – Aug.10?

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      Yes, we have spaces available that week. To register, scroll down to the Registration section to use the PayPal link, and we’ll email you preparatory information within a couple of days after receiving your deposit. Thanks!

      Reply

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